TLC’s “The Little Couple”, Bill Klein and Jennifer Arnold recently came to CSP to attend a consultation.
Jen is a neonatologist at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston and Bill owns his own sales, training and telecommunications business in New York.
Ever since their marriage Bill and Jen have been striving to reach their dream of having a baby. However, Jen is only 3 feet 2 inches tall and Bill is 4ft tall. Jen knows that a pregnancy could prove difficult and even life threatening because of her tiny stature but that has not stopped the little couple from dreaming of becoming parents one day. While many women with dwarfism are able to carry pregnancies to term, this is not the case for Jen. Her form of dwarfism (spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia, or SED), as well as the many surgeries she has had to endure since childhood could make it potentially life threatening for Jen to be pregnant and deliver a healthy baby.
When we received the phone call about Bill and Jen, we were excited at the thought of helping them to become parents. We had many phone calls, meetings, emails and more meetings.
|CSP’s Joanne with Bill and Jen|
When that day arrived, we all had much anticipation for this meeting. There was so much camera, lighting and sound equipment; we barely had room for ourselves! It did add to our anxiety of the day. But when Bill and Jen arrived at our office we quickly saw how lovely, warm, funny and friendly they are. That helped the initial nervousness to pass and everyone relaxed. After a bit, you do forget about the cameras and the crew. We were able to conduct a full consultation to educate Bill and Jen about our wonderful world of surrogacy. We got to know them as a loving couple that dearly wants a family and they got to know us as the agency that would love to assist them.
“The Little Couple” season premiere on Tuesday September 27th, 2011 as Bill and Jen meet their CSP surrogate mother.
Brief episode description for “The Little Couple” premiere:
The road to becoming parents has been a long one for Bill Klein and Jen Arnold. But, today they meet Cindy and James, the couple that may be their surrogate family. Bill and Jen are excited by Cindy’s eagerness to help the couple on their journey. But now, they have to wait and see if Cindy and James feel the same way about working with them. Have Bill and Jen finally found their surrogate?
“The Little Couple” returns on TLC for season 2
“The Little Couple” returns on TLC for season 2. The first episode premiers on Tuesday, June 1st at 10/9c. Bill & Jen will make an announcement about a big step in their lives. Tune in and share their news. Please check your local listings for “The Little Couple” on TLC.
In the season 2 episode, “Baby Steps”, they revealed that they were excited to add on to the family. Surrogate parenting is a big decision for any young couple.
At the end of last season, we left Bill and Jen after they moved into a rental house, started plans to custom build a new home and most importantly, they were considering their family building possibilities.
During last season, Bill and Jen were looking at their options for having a baby. Jen had some specialized medical testing to determine if she could safely carry a pregnancy. Unfortunately, this would not be an option for Jen since it was determined that a pregnancy would compromise not only Jen’s health but the baby’s as well. That is when Bill and Jen started to seriously consider surrogacy and adoption.
A major step in their research was visiting the Center for Surrogate Parenting to be educated about the surrogacy process. This meeting helped Jen and Bill understand the complexities of surrogacy and the importance of working with the best professionals throughout their journey.
Now Jen and Bill will make an announcement about this big step in their lives.
The episode “Baby Steps” featuring CSP aired on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 at 10:00 PM ET/PT on TLC. For information on future broadcasts and to learn more about “The Little Couple” click here.